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A&E developing showcase series with 50 Cent

A&E Network is in development on a variety series with rapper and entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (pictured).
March 18, 2016

A&E Network is in development on a showcase series with rapper and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Tentatively titled 50 Cent Presents, the Back Roads Entertainment-produced series will find Jackson curating comedic, musical and performance acts for a variety series. He will also serve as host of the showcase, which will combine sketches, stand-up, “reality experiments,” music, magic, dance and celebrity guest appearances.

“I grew up watching variety shows and am excited to put my own spin on the format,” said Jackson in a statement. “I hope everyone is ready to bring their talent forward, I want to show the world the best of the best.”

Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP and head of programming at A&E, said the network was looking to “redefine the traditional variety show.”

“50 Cent is the perfect partner to refresh this classic format. He is a true tastemaker across industries and we are excited to see his impressive showcase of talent,” said the exec in a statement.

Executive producers for G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. include Jackson and Stephen J. Savva, while Colby Gaines is exec producing for Back Roads Entertainment. Executive producers at A&E Network include Frontain Bryant, Brad Holcman and Sean Gottlieb.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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